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Josh Friedel on a Stylish Win but a Mediocre Result
By GM Josh Friedel   
October 30, 2009
GM Josh Friedel reports on the Unive Open in Hoogeveen, Nertherlands, where he felt he had a mediocre result, but played a gem of a game that was featured on a video and earned him the brilliancy prize.
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Jerry Hanken Games Wanted
By Denis Strenzwilk   
October 30, 2009
The search is on to find games from Life Master Jerry Hanken. Send yours to hankengames@gmail.com. Also find a database of all currently available Hanken games compiled by IM John Donaldson. 
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Lenderman and Robson Climbing at the World Junior
October 29, 2009
After lackluster starts at the World Junior, GM-elects Alex Lenderman and Ray Robson are climbing back up the standings, with round seven wins. Update: Lenderman ties for third, fifth in tiebreak! Robson ends in 18th.
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Kaufman on the Early Rounds of the World Senior
By GM Larry Kaufman   
October 29, 2009
Defending World Senior Championship GM Larry Kaufman started this year's Championship in Condino, Italy with three wins. Also read about the other seven Americans in the event.
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USCF News: USCF Fees for FIDE Change
By USCF   
October 29, 2009
The USCF affiliate charges  for the FIDE rating of events will be raised effective March 1, 2010 for Swisses and Jan 1, 2010 for round robins. Also see the agenda for the Oct.31-Nov.1 EB board meeting in Crossville.
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GM Joel on Steinitz's 4th Rule
By GM Joel Benjamin   
October 29, 2009
In this Ask GM Joel column, a reader asks about Steinitz's 4th Rule and what to do when your opponent plays moves like a3 and h3 in the opening. Ask GM Joel Benjamin a question of your own at askgmjoel@uschess.org
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9Queens Presents the Best Games at the U.S. Women's
By 9Queens Best Game Judges   
October 28, 2009
Four judges ranked their favorite five games from the 2009 US Women's Championship in a Best Games Contest sponsored by 9queens. See which game raked in the points, and why.
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World Team Championship Squad Set
October 27, 2009
Rex Sinquefield will sponsor the US team to go to the World Team Championship, set for Bursa, Turkey from January 3-13. The squad will consist of GMs Nakamura, Onischuk, Shulman, Akobian and Hess. 
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Dying With Your Boots On
By IM Jeremy Silman   
October 27, 2009
Author & International Master Jeremy Silman writes about dying in the heat of a chess battle, musing on whether it's the best end for a woodpusher.
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Khachiyan Tops Western States
By Randy Hough   
October 27, 2009
GM Melikset Khachiyan prevailed in the Western States Open in Reno, Nevada, scoring a key last round win against Van Wely and then winning the rapid tiebreak over Ibragimov.
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A Defending Champ on Arriving in Italy
By GM Larry Kaufman   
October 26, 2009
Reigning World Senior Champion GM Larry Kaufman writes about his prospects to defend his title in the 2009 Championship, which starts tomorrow in Condino, Italy.
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Championship Secrets: Sudoku & No Computer
October 26, 2009
Flashback to the US Women's Championship! Find out champion Anna Zatonskih and runner-up, Camila Baginskaite's secrets to success.
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Shabalov Wins Cleveland Open
October 26, 2009
GM Alexander Shabalov won clear first in the Cleveland Open with 4.5/5. He used an unorthodox Benoni in his final "must-win" game against GM Anthony Lein.
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Two GMs Lead While Upsets Reign in Reno
By Randy Hough   
October 24, 2009
Upsets have had their day at the Western States Open, held from October 23-25 in Reno. Check out Steven Zierk's shockingly quick win over GM Loek Van Wely. UPDATE: Khachiyan wins  in rapid playoff over Ibragimov. Full story coming soon!
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Week 8 US Chess League Recap
By Arun Sharma   
October 24, 2009
Arun Sharma, the vice-president of the US Chess League, covers week eight action, where the New Jersey Knockouts and the Seattle Sluggers asserted dominance in their divisions.
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Help America's Most Wanted Find Robert Snyder
By Bill Hall   
October 23, 2009
Robert Snyder is featured on the website of America's Most Wanted for failing to register as a sex offender after finishing a two year sentence. USCF members who have any information on Mr.Snyder's whereabouts can help AMW by sending a tip. 
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